Dr. Alfred Mutua and other Top public officers quit to join politics
A number of top civil servants intending to vie for various elective seats in the forthcoming general elections have resigned ahead of Monday’s constitutional deadline.
The civil servants have until Monday midnight to resign in accordance with the elections act.
Those who handed in their resignation letters include Livestock Permanent Secretary Kenneth Lusaka, his Forestry counterpart Mohamed Wa-mwachai and Government Spokesman Dr. Alfred Mutua.
Speaking shortly after resigning, the officers said exuded confidence that their stint in the civil service would be an advantage in their political endeavors.
Kenya’s ambassador to Belgium Kembi Gitura has already resigned.
Dr Mutua said that he was joining the race for Machakos governor after being compelled by the areaa’s residents who he said want someone who has "experience in setting up governance structures."
"The people of Machakos have requested me to be their first Governor because they want someone who is young, corrupt free, energetic, visionary and with the ability to transform the County into an economic and social power house. I have humbly accepted their request," Dr Mutua.
Dt Mutua called upon all politicians to preach peace and national cohesion and also request the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to enforce the Elections Act to the letter so as to rid our country off impunity and bad leadership.
"We are a poor country but sitting on riches. Our people and our land is rich beyond measure. We only need to harness and direct this wealth so that it can mature our people prosperously and free them from poverty." He said.
He said he’s currently working on a book, "Shooting the Messenger" that will reveal the truth about what has been happening in Kenya.
Administration Police Commandant Kinuthia Mbugua, Prof Kivutha Kibwana an Advisor to President Kibaki, Higher Education Loans Board Chief Executive Benjamin Cheboi, and Communications Commission of Kenya Chairman Philip Okundi are also expected to quit office.
Others are Julius Sunkuli the Kenyan ambassador to China and his counterparts Steven Tarus and Francis Sigei both based in Australia and Nigeria.
The elections Act states that any public officer who intends to contest an election shall resign from public office at least seven months before the date of election.